Almost 30,000 Somali Children Dead From Famine

August 4, 2011  |  

by Selam Aster

It’s officially the worst drought to hit Somalia in 60 years, according to the United Nations. It has been reported that in the past three months, 29,000 children under 5 have perished due to the famine affecting their home country. One third of the Somali population – 3.7 million – is at risk for starvation.

Transporting aid to certain regions of the country has been complicated by the fact that “al-Qaida-linked militants” in Somalia have blocked the efforts of the World Food Program. The fighting between these militants and the government is exasperating the plight and conditions.

Although international efforts are underway to raise money, the UN says that efforts need to be accellerated. To donate, you can access the list organized by the global non-profit organization InterAction.

 

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